Exploring New Frontiers: Providing Skin-to-Skin Contact for Mothers and Newborns during Cesarean Birth
Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2012
© 2012 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Special Issue: 2012 Convention Proceedings
Volume 41, Issue s1, page S42, June 2012
How to Cite
Fortin, N. C. (2012), Exploring New Frontiers: Providing Skin-to-Skin Contact for Mothers and Newborns during Cesarean Birth. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41: S42. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01360_20.x
- Issue online: 14 JUN 2012
- Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2012
- patient satisfaction;
- neonatal thermoregulation
Purpose for the Program
As cesarean birth rates increased in the United States in response to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ statement concerning vaginal birth after cesarean, studies demonstrated higher dissatisfaction with childbirth experiences. Women giving birth by cesarean are more prone to postpartum depression, bonding difficulties, and unsuccessful breastfeeding.
To increase maternal delivery satisfaction, we developed a plan to provide skin-to-skin contact immediately after cesarean births. The proposed change broke the barriers between the traditional surgical environment and the delivery room and required collaboration between the departments of surgical services, anesthesia, pediatrics, and obstetrics.
Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation
Informal surveys of patient satisfaction since implementation have been positive. A more formal evaluation of the process will include a review of newborn thermoregulation in the operating room and a postpartum survey of patient satisfaction.
Implications for Nursing Practice
This new service is an example of how nurses are empowered to question tradition to advocate for their patients.